Your Weekly Update from Memorial Elementary School
Dear Memorial Families and Caregivers:
We know each student is an individual, bringing unique talents and needs to school every day. We pride ourselves on the opportunities that we have available to help each and every student child succeed.
These opportunities are included in our academic programming, which ensures each child is challenged appropriately while building a foundation of knowledge and skills. In addition we start each morning with a focus on SEL during our morning announcements. We share a quote for the day and then provide our young scholars with an action. Since the start of school our focus has been about the SEL competency of Self-management. Our action plan has included skills that include Goal-Setting and Identifying our emotions. We want our young scholars to pay attention to how they are feeling and notice how others might be feeling through their words and actions. We encourage you to continue to have conversations at home that align with this work.
Families and community members play a critical role as partners in supporting both your students at home and work in the schools. We look forward to working with you throughout the year to make important decisions that affect both your child as an individual and the school as a whole. As a start to this partnership, we hope you will join the PTO, attend School Council (SC) meetings, and volunteer whenever possible in school activities.
Thanks for your continued support!
Reminder for Parents Who Want to Volunteer--CORI Checks
Reminder If you want to volunteer in schools, you must have a CORI check conducted and you must go into the building with identification (drivers license or passport) to do this. Click here for description of what a CORI check is and does. Without a CORI check, you cannot volunteer in the school. Here is the form to fill out for a CORI.
Protecting Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) Cards and Benefits:
Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) clients have been the target of benefit theft through skimming, in which thieves put a device on a store’s card-swiping machine to copy card information. To protect clients from skimming, DTA is requiring cardholders in locations with a high incidence of skimming (Eastern Massachusetts) to set a new PIN to use their EBT over the next few weeks and is encouraging all clients to change their PIN regularly. Cardholders can change their PIN through automated steps by calling the number on the back of their card, as outlined in this flyer. More information and steps on how to change a PIN are available at Mass.gov/ProtectYourEBT and Mass.gov/ProtejaSuEBT, and outreach materials are available in 11 languages.
POINT OF PRIDE
Mr. Plant Recognition
Last May, you may remember that Mr. Mark Plant, Memorial's proud custodian, jumped into action when he saw a young boy choking during lunch time. On Wednesday, September 7th, Rob Anderson from Cub Scout Pack #310, stopped by our school to present Mark with a plaque in recognition of his service. The Memorial community is so proud of Mr. Plant, and all that he does to not only make our school a clean place to learn, but a place where all our children can feel safe.
BOKS IS BACK!
We are pleased to announce the launch of BOKS, a before school physical activity program, at Memorial School this Fall. BOKS prepares children for a day of learning and is an important step in helping children gain an appreciation of the benefits of exercise and healthy choices that will last a lifetime. BOKS was inspired by Dr. John Ratey’s book “Spark”. Dr. Ratey, of Harvard Medical School, states that “exercise is the single most powerful tool that we have to optimize the function of our brains.” Classes are filled with team-oriented games and provide plenty of opportunity for play, since the program focuses on fun!
This year we will be running BOKS on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the morning from 8:00 am to 8:40am. The session will start on Tuesday, September 27th and end on Thursday, December 15th. We are only accepting 60 students for this session.Please complete the attached registration form for each child and make sure to sign the last page.
It is important that you have these forms signed and returned by September 20th. As mentioned above we are only accepting the first 60 students, the rest of the applications will be waitlisted. We will notify you by email to inform you of drop-off procedures and to welcome you to our program.
Five Things You Need to Know
1. A friendly reminder that all families need to complete the Required Yearly Forms:
All families received links to the forms prior to the beginning of the school year. If you have any questions, please contact, Cynthia Popp @ email@example.com.
2. Breakfast and Lunch is free to all students this school year. Even though meals are free to students all year, we ask that you do fill out an application because you may qualify families for additional supports.
Please remind your child/children that if they had breakfast at home, that they don't need to be in the cafeteria. All classrooms doors are open for students beginning at 8:40am.
3. Fire Drill: Throughout the school year it is imperative that we prepare our students and staff for emergency. We will be conducting several types of drills during the school year. We had our first fire drill on Thursday, September 8th and we are happy to report was pleased with our execution today.
4. SCHOOL SAFETY:
School safety is always a priority on the Memorial campus. Please remember to follow our arrival and dismissal procedures so that we can continue to provide a safe school environment. If your child is arriving late to school, an adult must sign them in at the front office before we can send them off to class. In order for establish systems to work effectively, we need everyone to do their part in their implementation. Thanks for your cooperation with our safety protocols. If you are unsure or need some clarification on anything, please don't hesitate to reach out to us.
5 - Mark Your Calendars (Parent/Teacher Curriculum Night).
- Wednesday, September 21, 2022- Grades K-2@ 6pm
- Thursday, September 22, 2022- Grades 3-4 @ 6pm
Your child's teacher will be sending out more detailed information on meeting places and agendas.
Natick Days - The Natick Center Cultural District
Natick Days Natick Days is an annual festival celebrating our community by providing an opportunity for Natick youth groups and non-profit organizations to increase visibility for the great work they do. It's a Natick tradition that highlights the work of the service organizations and volunteers that make the Town of Natick such a great place...
The Memorial PTO is a parent and teacher run, non-profit organization committed to enhancing and enriching the education of our students and fostering a sense of community within our school. The PTO provides assistance to teachers within the classroom settings, raises funds for educational materials and experiences, advocates school and family social interaction, and provides an unbiased forum for sharing information on issues that impact our students. We believe in cultivating a positive learning environment to allow for students to achieve their highest potential. Please become an active participant in the PTO. Below is the link to their website:
or email them at:
The first General PTO meeting is on 9/27 @ 7:00pm in the school cafeteria.
- Title I: Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990Title II
- Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990Title VI
- Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964Title IX
- Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972
- MGL, Ch.76, Section 5: Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 76, Section 5
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